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(history-landscape-art) reborn piazza

This page contains Ioana Urma’s M.I.T. Master of Architecture thesis: an urban design project which concentrates on developing program from the perspective of deep historical research and an artistic analysis of the existing landscape.

The thesis says that human - cultural and spatial - experience should be the driver in urban development.

Three proposals are made:
1. Urban redevelopment of the underutilized central piazza zone of the ancient & ethnically diverse port city of Constanta, on the Black Sea.
2. To approach urban design/architecture within the framework established by historical actions (not styles) and based on a meaningful yet fun human experience of the urban landscape.
3. To approach urban design/architecture introspectively through intuitive, perceptual and artistic analysis.

“It’s as if I reach into my pocket and pull out all the various things, and lay them about... It fits the place. [Small moves are contextual.] Good. It says that fun is something to be taken seriously, and that’s important. This is important.”
-Jon Jerde, about this project, September 2005

The 206 page thesis book, written and assembled in three weeks to rather strict design guidelines - such as 1” all around margins - is organized like a catalog and like storybook at the same time. The version here varies from the library one in that it is spell-checked!

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DIMENSIONS
Approx. design zone is 40,000 sq m / 10 acres.

LOCATION
Piazza Ovidiu, Constanta, Romania

DOWNLOAD
thesis book

PUBLICATIONS
The ‘Circular’ Piazza: Landscape and History as Architectural Material: Constanta, Romania, Thesis (M.Arch.), M.I.T., Dept. of Architecture, 2001.

“The ‘Circular’ Piazza: Landscape and History as Architectural Material: Constanta, Romania” in 49 Projects at M.I.T.: Thesis Works 2001-2002. Luke Yeung, ed. M.I.T., Dept. of Architecture, 2002.

WORK/CREDITS
Ioana Urma

Please refer to thesis book for credits for historic photographs, paintings, postcards, and historic maps.

THESIS COMMITTEE

Advisor:
Hasan-Uddin Khan

Readers:
Mark Jarzombek
Shun Kanda

DATE

Research & Design:
2000

Book Publication:
2001